You’ll probably agree that a good mattress can be a life-changer in your bedroom. But a single spill on your mattress or a dust mite or lice infestation is all it takes to ruin the luxurious sleep that the expensive mattress offers.
Luckily, a good mattress protector ensures that your bed stays new and fresh for long regardless of accidental spills or the sleeper’s bed-wetting, incontinence, or excessive sweating.
In that case, here is our guide to the best mattress protectors for 2018.
A few things to keep in mind
As important as a mattress protector is, it is among the least considered beddings in most bedrooms. In fact, most homeowners consider it utterly useless and a sheer waste of money.
So, is a mattress protector really important? Consider your feedback to the inquiries below to find out?
- Have you developed some allergic reactions to your mattress perhaps due to dust mites, molds, and mildew or mattress material?
- Do you share your bed with pets and accident-prone kids and you want to ensure maximum protection for the mattress?
- Are you fond of taking drinks in your bed and are afraid that a single spill might void the warranty?
- Do you or your partner suffer from urinary incontinence and are looking for a way to keep the bed dry?
Well, if you answered yes to any of the above queries, then a mattress protector is a worthy investment worth sinking the money for.
But as I always tell my readers, not any other item labeled a mattress protector is worth your attention leave alone your money.
As I will discuss later in this article, the protector should be breathable and easy to use. But the most important bit is that it should not affect your mattress’ comfort levels.
Thus, you need to do due diligence to ensure that your target mattress protector will meet your expectations.
The first purchase might be a little bit daunting if you don’t know what to look for. But a few tips might make the entire process quite easy.
So, consider going through the straightforward buying guide that I have put up for you if you are alien to these bed accessories.
Best Mattress Protectors Reviews
SafeRest Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector- best for liquid repellency
The SafeRest Premium mattress protector is hands down, a standout from all other protectors that promise optimum mattress protection.
There must be a good reason why over 85% of its 30k+ previous buyers seems stocked by it and highly recommend it to you.
Right off the bat, the Saferest is designed purposely for homeowners who are looking for a protector that offers 100% protection against spillages.
Now, not all manufacturers that promise optimum protection from liquids actually mean it. That’s why SafeRest’s ability to prevent liquids from leaking through for up to 8 hours is worth a special mention here.
This mattress has been crafted from cotton terry fibers and has a waterproof membrane coating. In case of a spillage, the liquid will spread across the surface of the protector but won’t go through thanks to the protective membrane.
Besides being waterproof, this cover is hypoallergenic as well. This means that there are minimal chances of it causing an allergic reaction.
On the same note, the Saferest creates a superb barrier between you and dust mites, bed bugs, and pet dander in the mattress.
This makes it a worthy consideration if your old mattress has already been infested by these critters. It might also be a good buy if you are asthmatic.
Does it sleep hot?
Well, given the thick waterproof membrane used in this protector, there might be some notable heat retention.
But this will be after spending a good number of hours on the bed thanks to the lightweight and breathable fibers that make its top layers.
- 100% liquid proof
- Does not make crinkling sounds
- Washes and dries easily
- Grips the mattress well and does not slip around
- Very soft and comfortable on your skin
- Good value for money
- Comes with a 10-year warranty
- Its’ sensitive to heat- you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the latter
- Some claim that it let liquids through
LUCID Encasement Mattress Protector- best for all-around mattress protection
Lucid has all sorts of mattress protectors. If you are looking for a 5-sided model that is quite similar to the SafeRest above but way cheaper, check out this model. It’s among the best rated fitted sheet style protectors from this brand.
What I have for you, however, is a slightly different type of protector. This is an encasement-style model that offers an all-around protection on all the 6 sides of your mattress; top, bottom, and sides. I have discussed the different types of protectors in detail in the buying guide section.
The key benefit that your mattress gets from this protector’s envelope design is 100% protection from bedbugs, dust mites, and allergens.
Unlike the Saferest that leaves the bottom part open, the Lucid Encasement has a thin, breathable membrane on all sides for 360-degree protection.
This makes it a go-to model if you live or are relocating to areas that are heavily infested with bedbugs. It also prevents dander, dust, and mites from wriggling through and accumulating into the mattress.
The Lucid Encasement protector is available in twin, twin xl, full, full xl, queen, king, and California king sizes.
It has a 3-sided zipper and the bottom side has a full-length elastic bottom that pulls excess materials to ensure that you have a flat, smooth top.
Other impressive highlights here include a 120-day satisfaction or return guarantee and an unbeatable 15-year warranty.
Does it have any drawbacks?
Well, most previous buyers seem pleased by this encasement’s ability to put allergens, dust mites, and bedbugs at bay.
But a good number of them also note that it gets quite hot. So, if you sleep hot at night, adding a cooling pad beneath the protector might be a superb idea.
- Offers 360-degree protection from bugs and dust mites
- It’s notably quite
- Deep elastic sides give it an evenly smooth top
- 3-sided zipper makes enveloping the mattress a little bit easier
- Comes at a relatively fair price
- Might sleep hot
- Might be hard to slip a very heavy mattress
Linenspa Premium Mattress Protector- best for affordability
How much are you willing to spend on a mattress protector, just slightly over $10? Well, the Linenspa Premium Protector might make a good choice.
While I don’t recommend going for overly cheap beddings, certain brands including Linenspa have ways of availing premium quality at notably lower price tags.
What we are looking at here is a thin, waterproof protector featuring a fitted sheet style. This protector has deep stretchy pockets at the corners that secure it on your mattress thereby preventing it from coming off in the middle of the night.
The elasticized corners also make it easy to put the protector on and off for cleaning purposes.
The Linenspa mattress protector features a thin cotton material on the surface that helps in wicking away perspirations. This model has, in fact, received the least complaints about sleeping hot from its previous buyers compared to the Lucid Encasement above.
Its underside is made of polyurethane and does a great job of preventing liquids from penetrating.
Worth mentioning is that, unlike the SafeRest protector that allows the liquids to spread across, the Linenspa holds the water at the same spot as a puddle.
This means that if you are buying this protector for a kid who pees in bed, he/she might wake up badly soaked in pee.
All in all, what matters most is keeping the mattress dry and fresh and the Linenspa will do just that.
- Affordable and effective
- Does not sleep hot
- Very easy to use
- It’s 100% waterproof
- Its thin design means that it won’t last long
- Holds the spillages in a pool rather than absorb it
Weekender Hypoallergenic Combo Pack- best for thick mattresses
The Weekender is yet another affordable mattress protector for those on a tight budget. Actually, what makes it a worthy consideration here is the fact that it comes in a combo pack.
This means that you get a mattress protector and 2 pillow protectors. In my opinion, this is an irresistible pack for people who are suffering from asthma and severe allergy attacks.
At its price, the Weekender makes a really good choice if you are planning to purchase several mattress protectors, for instance, for your kids and guests’ beds.
Despite its unbelievable price tag, this protector has about every feature that you might be looking for in a high-end model.
Firstly, the mattress protector features a fitted sheet style design for ease of use and removal for cleaning.
Its top features a soft jersey fabric that absorbs spillages to prevent penetration into the mattress. Its liquid-proof membrane not only prevents your mattress from stains.
But it also protects you from allergens and dust mites that might already be thriving in your mattress.
We also like that this surface is also fully breathable and might, therefore, offer you a cool sleep.
In case you are wondering, the Weekender is large enough to fit up to 18’’ mattresses.
The pillow protectors are of standard size and will fit pillows measuring 20 by 26 inches. They are zippered for optimum protection and can be machine-washed and tumble dried.
- Affordable mattress and pillow protectors combo
- Soft and not crinkly
- Offers great spill protection
- Quick and easy to use
- Wears out faster with regular washing
Luna Premium Hypoallergenic Mattress Protector- best for deeper mattresses
The Luna Premium is notably pricier than most of the mattress protectors that we’ve seen so far. But it’s also among the most durable models on the market today.
So, if you are in need of a top-dollar protector that you won’t have to replace within a year, the Luna might be it.
At a glance, this mattress is quite similar to the Saferest that we saw earlier on. The 2 feature a cotton terry exterior surface.
This surface feels soft and smooth to your skin but does not change the original feel of the mattress. It is also slightly thicker than the Linenspa above and its membrane is 100% waterproof. Thus, it absorbs and spreads the spill rather than holding it in a pool.
In addition to this, the soft cotton top layer pulls away all the perspirations from your body to leave you cool and dry.
Well, I don’t actually mean that you’ll sleep cold on this protector. Most people have reported that it gets warm gradually. But it will keep you dry at least.
The major drawback with the Luna mattress protector is that it’s actually very big compared to other models.
It seems to be a perfect fit for 17-18’’ deep mattresses. On the other hand, it will definitely be way larger and result in being noisy in smaller mattresses in the 12-14’’ depth range.
- Large enough for deep mattresses
- It’s quiet
- It’s both waterproof and hypoallergenic
- Absorbs and spreads the water
- It’s so large for small mattresses
- Might get hot with time
- Has no protection on the sides
Utopia Bedding Premium Waterproof Mattress Encasement- best for durability
There’s one major complaint that most people have regarding fitted sheet style mattress protectors; they don’t safeguard your mattress from spillages and splashes along the sides.
This means that you’ll still need to be careful when taking your breakfast in the bed. Again, accidental splashes when mopping might be catastrophic to your mattress.
If these are among your worries, a mattress encasement is just what you need and Utopia has a model that is worth checking out.
We really appreciate that the Utopia Mattress Encasement is available in all standard mattress sizes; twin, full, king, queen, California king, and twin xl.
It is quite similar to the Lucid Encasement that we had looked at earlier only that the Utopia is a little bit thicker.
That being said, we expect this protector’s waterproof capabilities to hold up quite well even after several washes in the machine.
Speaking of waterproof capabilities, the Utopia features a vinyl-free PVC membrane on all sides. So, no matter the angle of the spillage, your expensive mattress will remain protected, clean, and fresh.
Worth mentioning, however, is that this encasement is quite large and will fit 12’’-18’’ mattresses. Therefore, you might want to check out other options if your mattress is smaller.
- Offers protection from all sides and angles
- Has a thick liquid-proof membrane for durability
- Has a great zipper and Velcro closure for optimum protection from bugs
- Excellent waterproof capabilities
- Might be so loose on smaller mattresses (below 12’’)
- A few negative reports about the protector failing to hold spillages effectively
SureGuard Mattress Encasement- best for perfect sizing
Right off the bat, the key benefit that you get with the SureGuard mattress encasement is the freedom to choose a protector with just the right size for your mattress.
Wrong sizing is the major issue that plagues most encasements today. So, it’s quite impressive that SureGuard offers them in an array of sizes to fit mattresses with depths ranging from 6 inches all the way to 20 inches.
This targeted sizing means that the protector will offer your mattress a good fit that you’ll genuinely love.
Other than its praise-worthy sizing, the Safeguard Encasement has been made with SureSeal technology and an invisi-zip.
It promises to alleviate your mattress from dust mites, bacteria, mold, mildew, and pet dander. This makes it a great choice for people suffering from asthma, eczema, and allergies that are worsened by regular irritants.
Among other things, we like that this encasement has been GreenGold Guard-certified for your safety. It uses pure cotton terry for its top surface and its waterproof membrane does not contain fire retardants, PVC, and vinyl.
Most homeowners also appreciate that it is soft and noise-free and does not sleep hot. However, there are still a few of them who claim that their shipments were not 100% pee-proof.
- Available in different depth sizes for a perfect fit
- Zipper works great without jamming
- It’s soft and quiet
- Won’t protect you from the ‘new mattress smells’
- Might be hard to put on
- Terry cloth top requires regular inspection especially if the topper is used by bed wetters
RAZAB Waterproof Mattress Protector- best if you love money-saving deals!
The Razab literally has your name on it if you are among lots of other buyers that prefer deals that save them money.
This is among the most affordable mattress protectors that I have for you here. But what makes it a good bet is the fact that it comes with a pair of pillow protectors too.
Therefore, it not only fits people with bed-wetting, incontinence, and excess sweating issues. But it also creates a good name for itself among droolers.
In addition, this model’s hypoallergenic properties promise a great sleep to people with eczema, asthma, and allergic reactions to dust mites, dust, and pet dander.
The mattress protector fits mattresses with a depth of up to 18 inches. Most people appreciate that it is noiseless, breathable, and soft yet non-slippery.
- Comes with zipped pillow protectors
- Offers good value for money
- Soft and non-slippery
- It’s sturdy and easy to put on
- May not withstand regular washing
Calmnite Mattress Protector- best for quietness
The main reason why most people love the Calmnite Mattress protector is its almost zero noise levels. So, if you hate the tent fabric crinkle feel and noise that other protectors make, this one might be the answer to your problems.
This model is available in only 4 sizes; full, twin, queen, and king and fits mattresses with depths of up to 18 inches.
The Calmnite has a fitted sheet design but has deep pockets that give it a tight grip at your mattress corners.
This makes it possible for the protector to maintain a tight and firm fit. This means that it will remain comfortable for even the most restless sleepers.
It is made up of soft knit polyester fabric for your mattress’ optimum stain protection. This soft surface also has a good degree of breathability and transitions you directly to your mattress’ feel for a good night’s comfort and rest.
The only issue that we have against is that it might lose its waterproof capabilities easily with a few washes.
Therefore, if you are looking for a mattress protector for a kid with a habitual bed-wetting weakness, or a senior suffering from incontinence, this one might fail you sooner than you think. Consider another model.
- It’s quiet
- Offers a tight fit and doesn’t move around
- Has no crinkle feel
- Easy to wash
- Loses its liquid-proof abilities easily
One’s Own Mattress Protector- best for air mattresses
Our last recommendation here might be a great pick if you are struggling to get a reliable mattress protector for your air mattress.
Its seriously deep pockets mean that it won’t be any hard for it to remain on the mattress.
Another unique aspect of the One’s Own is that it uses natural organic Eucalyptus fiber for its top. This makes it a go-to model if you prefer natural fibers.
Among other things, the natural fibers used for this protector mean that it does not contain vegan, PVC, Phthalates, and vinyl.
This makes it a good deal for your health. It also allows you to share your bed with your kids or pets without the risk of your mattress suffering from stains and dust mites and allergens invasion.
We also like that foul odors from spillages and accidental bed-wetting don’t linger on the organic fibers after washing and drying.
On the downside, these natural fibers may deteriorate fast with regular washing.
- Uses natural organic fibers for your safety
- Does not have those swooshy noises
- Easy washing and drying
- Not durable
- It’s quite pricey
Best Mattress Protector Buying Guide
Know the type of protector
The first step towards getting a good protector for your bed is to know the type of protector to go for. Basically, mattress protectors come in 3 types; encasement, fitted, and elastic strap.
As the name suggests, a mattress encasement envelops and seals the mattress completely on all 6 sides. Usually, most encasements feature a zip that should, ideally, be strong enough to resist slipping open even after months of tossing, turning, and romping on the bed.
Usually, a mattress encasement will be a little bit pricier than other types of protectors. But this is because it offers your mattress 100% protection from dust and dirt.
Others are also cleverly engineered to keep bedbugs and dust mites at bay.
You may wonder, ‘’do mattress encasements really protect your mattress from bedbug and dust mite infestation?’’
Sure, they do. These beddings have tightly woven fabrics and well-sealed seams that make it hard for critters to wriggle through.
In fact, a report by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) advise people with allergies to use a mattress encasement to immune themselves from these invaders.
Do note that an encasement will not eliminate bedbugs and dust mites that are already on your mattress and box spring. Rather, it imprisons them inside so they won’t be a nuisance to your sleep.
Therefore, an encasement mattress protector might be a solution if your mattress has been infested by dust mites yet you are not ready to invest in a new one.
In my opinion, though, the best idea is to purchase the mattress and the encasement together.
Fitted mattress protector
A fitted mattress protector offers 5-sided protection. True to its name, this type of protector is pretty much similar to your bed sheets and only needs to be tucked under the mattress.
Besides being a little bit inexpensive, the other reason why most people prefer a fitted mattress protector over an encasement is its ease of use.
You’ll bear me witness that mattresses can be insanely heavy. Trying to slide your 90+ pound-mattress through an encasement every weekend won’t be fun at all.
So, if you like cleaning your beddings frequently but can’t withstand lifting your overly heavy mattress, a fitted protector is what you need to consider.
Compared to an encasement, the major drawback that comes with a fitted protector is that it does not protect your mattress from bedbug invasion on all sides.
This is bad news for your new mattress especially if you live in a bedbug and dust mite infested area.
Elastic Strap mattress protector
This is the most basic of all protectors and only covers the top of your mattress. It features 4 elastic straps that wrap around the 4 corners of your mattress to keep the protector on the mattress.
Depending on the material used, these protectors may guard your mattress top against spills, dirt, and dust.
After narrowing down to the type of protector to go for, the next step is to consider the ideal size that will fit on your mattress.
Needless to mention, mattress protectors are designed in all sizes to fit perfectly on standard mattress sizes; king, cal king, queen, full xl, full, twin xl, and twin.
Different protectors are also designed to fit on mattresses with different depths ranging from 6 inches through 21 inches.
It’s, therefore, important to make sure that your target protector will be a perfect match for your mattress before pulling the trigger.
The problem with getting a smaller protector is that it won’t offer the optimum protection that your mattress calls for. Secondly, it might give your bed an uneven feel and this might make your sleep uncomfortable.
Different manufacturers use different materials for their protectors with cotton, spandex, wool, and down being the most common.
As a rule of thumb, the type of material used should never compromise your mattress’ comfort. What I mean is that the protector should not feel hard and rough beneath you.
Ideally, it should be fine, soft, and durable at the same time.
Accidental spills, bed-wetting, and profuse sweating are among the major reasons why you need a mattress protector.
Two things are pretty obvious. One, no one fancies sleeping on a damp mattress. It not only minimizes the usable sleeping surface on your mattress.
But it also creates a foothold for bacteria growth. This may lead to bad odors that only affect your comfort on the bed.
Secondly, no manufacturer or dealer will accept back a stained mattress regardless of how rock-solid the warranty is.
So, if you are fond of taking drinks in your bed or you share your bed with a small kid or pet, a mattress protector with waterproof capabilities is a wise consideration. Actually, it’s recommendable to purchase the mattress plus the protector together, that is, if your budget allows.
Breathability and Heat retention
One thing that you don’t want is a heat-trapping mattress protector that that gives you the temperature of a human radiator.
Similar to your sheets, the protector should be breathable to let air through and minimize perspirations. It should also have excellent air wicking capabilities especially if you have night sweats.
This helps in minimizing tossing and turning that may lead to a disrupted sleep. Another highlight of a breathable protector is that it is quick-drying and does not smell. Most of them also feel particularly soft making it exactly what you need for a cool night.
Ease of Cleaning
A sweat-wicking mattress protector means that it will be full of oils and perspirations after sleeping on it for some time.
This means that bacteria, dirt, dust, and dust mites will simply be unavoidable. If not taken care of promptly, all these will work collaboratively to create strong odors.
Sleeping on such a protector doesn’t sound appealing at all. That’s why you need something that can be easily removed and machine-washed regularly.
Speaking of machine-washing, however, always remember to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning tips. This will help in maintaining the fabrics’ sweat-wicking and waterproof capabilities for longer.
As with anything else, you want to spend your hard-earned money on a protector that will give you good value for each buck spent.
One way of doing this is by dealing with a renowned brand. In addition, I always urge my readers to avoid going so cheap on beddings that they’ll be utilizing for years to come.
But as you shell out more for a premium mattress protector, consider the warranty that the manufacturer extends. This ensures that your investment is well covered in case the protector fails to perform as expected.
Most manufacturers offer 3-10 years of warranty which is really great. But don’t blindly fall for the longest warranty period and forget to consider other details pertaining quality.
Most reliable brands also offer a satisfaction or money-back guarantee. This gives you peace of mind that you’ll not be stuck with an expensive yet useless bedding.
Mattress Protector and Mattress Pad- are they the same thing?
No. While these 2 beddings sit on top of the mattress but beneath the sheets, they are totally different in terms of construction design and performance.
Usually, a mattress pad is somewhat thicker than a protector. Although it adds some degree of protection from regular wear and tear, it also adds comfort to an old or new mattress.
On the other hand, a mattress protector is thin and does not alter the overall feel of the layers beneath it. Its key role is to protect the mattress from accidental spills, stains, sweat, dust, dirt, and allergens.
In fact, the major difference between these 2 is that a protector is liquid resistant. This means that your mattress will be safe in case you spilled a drink on it.
A top quality mattress is a gateway to a night full of rest. But remember that the pricier the mattress is, the more it requires top-notch care to ensure long lasting and reliable sleep performance.
That’s where a mattress protector makes it appearance. This bedding accessory protects your mattress and bed from dust, dirt, spills, pet dander, dust mites, bedbugs, and lice among other harmful mattress intruders.
The battle for the best mattress protector is a tough one in the market given all the viable contenders. But the SafeRest is simply hard to beat.
In my opinion, this model does a superb job of protecting your mattress from spills, urine, vomit, and sweat. Of all things, I like that it’s breathable, soft, and noiseless.
Of course, this is a 5-sided mattress protector and does not offer your mattress optimum protection from dust mite, bedbug, and lice invasion especially from the bottom.
In that case, consider the Lucid Encasement. It offers 100% protection and it’s easy to put on and off compliments to its 3-sided zipper. It also comes with a 120-day trial period and an unbeatable 15-year warranty.